Inspired by Ukraine, Taiwanese People Prepare for a China Invasion

In Taiwan, the war in Ukraine remains a constant theme on television sets across the country. No sooner had it begun in February than it animated concerns about the specter of an invasion by neighboring China.

Visceral images broadcast daily from Ukraine have helped many Taiwanese visualize the brutal realities of modern warfare. It turned a once abstract fear into a realistic possibility, and Ukraine’s ongoing resistance into an opportunity to address their own readiness.

In the past four months, some of island’s residents have rushed to sign up for first aid lessons and weapons training courses, privately run civil defense groups tell Newsweek. It’s reflective of the public’s sense of urgency, and they want the government to take notice.

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